Some Coastal Bend teachers claim to be shelling out hundreds of their own dollars to run their classrooms. These claims are coming from Ray McMurrey, Union President of the local American Federation of Teachers. McMurrey says the problem escalated in 2011 when state lawmakers slashed the public school budget by $5 billion. The union president adds many principals are not covering the cost of basic supplies like paper and ink.
"I was approached just this weekend by a husband, and said look my wife spent $250 out of our own checking account to buy ink and paper for kids," said Ray McMurrey, CCAFT Union President. "That's really unacceptable."
We spoke with one CCISD elementary principal who says she is in charge of her campus budget, adding sometimes the decision does come down to either buying paper for worksheets or hiring tutors to help students pass their classes.